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post #1 of 8
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I already have a WD 120GB SATA II drive but think its not performing as well as it should. What other drive can I get that will be faster than my current drive?

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post #2 of 8
A Seagate Perpendicular Drive or a Western Digital 10k RPM Raptor would be faster
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Or have 2 and set up raid 0.Mine boot time is none only take half bar of the windows screen.That fast and no windows tweak's here.
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Ok, i think i might try the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0GB in a Raid 0 config. How should that perfom?

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post #5 of 8
Get 2 of those perp drives and RAID-0 them. Remember...BIGGER = FASTER...not because there's more space, but because the density is greater.

Also, it will perform wonderfully. I have RAID-0, and my boot times were cut severely.
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Aight. That sounds good. I might get the 320 GB version of the same drive and do RAID 0.

Thanks man

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post #7 of 8
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Another question. When i do the RAID 0 setup, wat controller would b best and wat shoud i set the strip-size to?

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post #8 of 8
The Only thing better than your current Drive would be a perpendicular drive from Seagate or a 10k Raptor as said. However with a perpendicular drive you would see minimal improvements.
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